Salmon Jerky Recipe

Salmon Jerky Recipe

Salmon jerky is a healthy, high-protein snack perfect for on the go! This high-protein, low-carb snack is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for your health.

Salmon jerky makes a great alternative to traditional processed snacks like chips or candy bars. Give it a try today!

Ingredients

Ingredients for salmon jerky recipe
Ingredients for Salmon jerky recipe

The recipe calls for ten ingredients:

How to Prepare a Salmon

For this recipe, I decided to try Atlantic salmon, which I bought at Walmart for $8.62/per lb. ($7.84/per lb.)

Our choice is atlantic salmon
Our choice is Atlantic salmon

One advantage of buying this fish cut is that it’s almost fat-free. If it contains any at all, it’s necessary to cut. Also, you need to cut the skin (see below).

Cutting off skin from our salmon
Cutting off the skin from our salmon

I initially weighed the fish to determine how much jerky we’ll have after dehydrating the salmon.

Weighing fish in grams
Weighing fish in grams
Weighing fish in oz.
Weighing fish in oz.

Now it’s time to cut the fish. Try to slice the salmon as thinly as you can.

Cutting our salmon

The next step is to gather all the ingredients and make a marinade. You’ll need to mix the ingredients that we listed above in the right proportions.

See the measuring cup below.

Measuring cup for coking the marinade

Now you’ll mix your marinade and salmon, letting it sit between 6 and 24 hours. The longer you marinate the fish, the stronger the flavor is.

Mixing our marinade and salmon
Mixing our marinade and salmon
Salmon is ready for marinating
Salmon is ready for marinating

Dehydrating the Salmon

If you want your fish to be ready for drying faster, you should put it on a paper towel. The paper towel will absorb any extra liquid from the salmon.

You can skip this step if you want. It is my suggestion only.

Placing our salmon on the paper towel
Placing our salmon on the paper towel

The easiest way to dry a salmon is by using a dehydrator, but you can try an oven or electric smoker. Drying in an electric smoker would take 2 hours longer.

Fish placed on the dehydrator for drying
Fish placed on the dehydrator for drying

To make our jerky, we used a food dehydrator (Amazon link). Just put the salmon on trays and dry it for 8 hours at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It took about 7-9 hours for the salmon to fully crisp up, depending on how thick it is, and your preferences may be different too!.

Fish looks like after dehydration
Fish looks like after dehydration

After cooking, my jerky weighs 8.0 oz. or 226 grams. The process removed 7.5 oz. of weight, which constituted a 52% loss of weight.

Weighing salmon after cooking in oz.
Weighing salmon after cooking in oz.
Weighing salmon after cooking in grams
Weighing salmon after cooking in grams

Recipe

Cooked Salmon jerky
Cooked Salmon jerky

Makes 5 servings
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Marinade Time: 6-24 hours, average 8 hours
Drying Time: 4 – 8 hours, average 8 hours

Ingredients Cost
1 lb. of salmon$7.84 per 1 lb. at Walmart
1/4 teaspoon Prague Powder #1 curing saltBetween $12 and $13 for a 2.5 lb. pack
(96 teaspoons per pound means that 1/4 of a teaspoon equates to 0.01 cents)
1/2 cup soy sauce$1.52 for a 5 oz. container at Walmart
(1/4 cup or 4 oz. = 1.22 cents)
1 tablespoon lemon juice$1 per one lemon in Walmart, I used half of it, it is 0.5 cents
1 tablespoon lemon pepper$0.98 per 4.25 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp. per oz. means that 1 tablespoon equates to 0.11 cents)
1 tablespoon brown sugar$2.17 for 2lb. a container at Walmart
( 31 tbsp. per pound means that 1 tbsp equates to 0.14 cents )
2 teaspoon black pepper ground$3.98 for 3.12 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.21 cents or 0.42 cents per 2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon onion powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 1.73 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.38 cents or 0.19 cents per 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 2.33 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.28 cents or 0.14 cents per 1/2 teaspoon)
2 teaspoon liquid smoke hickory$1.34 for a 4 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per one oz. equate to 0.33 cents)
Total Cost: $10.90/8.0 oz. (full cost: fish + ingredients)

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Salmon Jerky Recipe

Salmon Jerky Recipe

A nutritious, high-protein snack that is ideal for on the road is salmon jerky. The health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids are an excellent source of this high-protein, low-carb snack. A fantastic substitute for conventionally processed snacks like chips or candy bars is salmon jerky. Try it out right now!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Marinade Time: 6 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Jerky
Servings: 5
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Charles
Cost: $10.90

Ingredients


Instructions

  • Cut the fat off your salmon.
  • Cut the salmon into no thicker than ¼-inch slices.
  • Mix the marinade ingredients in a measuring cup, add your salmon, and put it in the fridge for 7-24 hours.
  • Remove any excess marinade with a paper towel and dry your salmon at 160 degrees F for 7 – 9 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 45.2g | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.9g | Protein: 19.4g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1700mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 1.3g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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